- Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal
- Workplace Bullying and Harassment
- Maternity and Pregnancy Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment at Work
- Redundancy Law
- Bonus disputes
- Settlement Agreements
- Restrictive Covenants
Whatever the stage in your employment lifecycle we can provide you with the representation that you need to vigorously and cost effectively protect your interests. We can provide expert advice and guidance to every workplace situation from recruitment, to pay and bonus, promotion, to harassment or unfair dismissal.
Where litigation in the courts or tribunals is the only option, it helps to have us in your corner. We are expert in all areas of employment litigation from discrimination and dismissal related claims to contractual disputes and manage the litigation process from start to finish providing clear advice on the prospects of success and potential cost from the outset and managing your expectations along the way.
“I was really impressed with how the team at Howat Avraam were able to handle my case, really listening to my needs, and bringing specialist knowledge and tactical expertise to the fore.”
Examples of our work
Recruitment, contracts or promotion
advising on your contract and negotiate on your behalf to ensure that you have ample protection against unfair dismissal and excessive restraint of trade and that any agreed pay and benefit arrangements are accurately reflected.Less
Grievancies, poor performance or misconduct
to produce the right result for you.Less
Takeovers, mergers or redundancy
redundancy is the true reason for your dismissal potential; whether you have been fairly selected for redundancy; ensuring fair procedure has-been followed by the employer and that discrimination has not occurred; challenging the redundancy process; redundancy pay; and settlement agreements.Less
Moving to a competitor
can interfere with your next career move whether this be moving to a competitor or setting up on your own. We will advise on: the enforceability of restrictive covenants and whether they are worth the paper they are written on; how to avoid breaching your obligations; negotiating your exit and; resisting injunctive proceedings.Less
Pay & bonus disputes
rightfully deserve, maintaining our signature commercial approach when doing so by outlining the personal and financial investment involved and taking account of the importance of reputation and career management.Less
Maternity, paternity & flexible working
are not always reflected or implemented in the workplace. We work with employees being subjected to unfair treatment due to maternity, paternity or their request for flexible working, helping to balance family and working life.Less
Discrimination, bullying & harrassment
marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion or belief; and sexual orientation. Workplace discrimination laws go beyond protecting employees; they apply to job applicants, workers, contractors, partners and members of LLPs.
We can provide the strategic legal advice that is crucial for individuals facing discrimination at work. We guide, represent and work in partnership with you from the outset, giving you practical support, using our skill as negotiators to achieve fair and financially rewarding settlements and where necessary, litigating forcefully on your behalf.
followed correct procedure; for instance, failure by an employer to give adequate warning before dismissing on misconduct or poor performance grounds, will, in most cases be unlawful.
We are expert in matters of unfair dismissal and in such circumstances, we help you seek out compensation that you are entitled to whether that be through negotiating a severance or engaging in court or tribunal action.
LEGAL COSTS FOR CLAIMS FOR UNFAIR OR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL
Our pricing structure for bringing claims against your former Employer, for unfair or wrongful dismissal is:
Simple case: £4,000 - £8,000 (excluding VAT).
Medium complexity case: £8,000 - £20,000 (excluding VAT).
High complexity case: £20,000 - £80,000 (excluding VAT).
Factors that could make a case more complex:
• The number of documents to consider;
• If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend pleadings or to provide further information;
• Making a costs application;
• Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed);
• The number of witnesses and documents;
• If you are also bringing an automatic unfair dismissal case connected to a whistleblowing claim;
• Allegations of discrimination against the Employer which are linked to the dismissal.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, to counsel or printing. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
• Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
• Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
• Preparing claim;
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
• Preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
• Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
• Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
• Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
• Preparing bundle of documents;
• Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements;
• Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
• Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
How long will this take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the matter depends largely on the stage at which the case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take 4 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case could take up to a year, and is dependent on the Employment Tribunal’s availability to hear your claim.
Niki Avraam is a superb employment lawyer and has given us very good advice over the years. As a firm they are astute, commercially aware people who demonstrate care and professionalism in all that they do.
I am very pleased with the service from Howat Avrraam Solicitors. Frezyderm UK
Niki was a wonderful support at a time I really needed expert legal advice. She ensured a fair outcome and was always available for discussions about my case. I can't recommend Niki highly enough.
I needed urgent legal support on an employment settlement aggreement and their swift response and concise professional opinion and recomendation really took the pressure off.
Howat Avraam Solicitors’ proposition to effectively be our in-house legal team was precisely what we needed as a start-up company. From Company registration to a Shareholders’ Agreement, Company Secretarial duties, advice on Board structure, commercial contracts from office leases to aircraft acquisition and, remarkably, Directors’ and Staff employment contracts, all under one roof! They are totally professional and easy to deal with and I believe that this is the future of legal support. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Selling the company that I founded 20 years ago was a stressful experience but Matthew, Niki and their team couldn’t have done more to ease the process. Their personal and no-nonsense approach demystified the legal process and got the job done with minimal fuss.